were featured world-wide on CBCs The National
Friday, Jan. 20, 2012.
Museum was the subject of a 6-minute special report on CBCs
flagship news program, The National, on Friday, Jan. 20,
reaching more than 600,000 viewers across Canada. Many thousands
more have seen it around the world since that night through
CBCs international streaming.
special report (Finding a New Anne) told how Jack and Linda
have brought back to life a long-lost silent film, Anne
of Green Gables, using old movie stills to create a Powerpoint
presentation with Jack playing authentic silent movie piano
accompaniment. The script by Linda is based on the original
1919 scenario by Hollywood scriptwriter Frances Marion.
first major public showing of the re-created silent movie
was at the University of Prince Edward Island in 2008 in
front of delegates to an international L.M. Montgomery conference,
many of them old friends. The 40-minute presentation which
was filmed by Ontario videographer Lisa Lightbourn will
be available by early summer in a DVD format.
says the decision to share the 2008 showing of the re-created
silent movie was in response to the world-wide response
to the Jan. 20th CBC report. We heard from Taiwan,
Japan, Australia and other far-away places before we went
to bed that night, says Linda. Sharing our silent
movie re-creation is our way of saying thanks to folks who
took the time to write from around the world. Its
also a great way to celebrate the 20th anniversary of our
DVD of the first major public showing of the re-creation
of the 1919 Anne of Green Gables
movie (University of Prince Edward Island in 2008) is
now available through our Gift Shop or mail order (1-888-579-7739)
at a cost of $15 plus shipping to your address.
can see the Jan. 20th CBC
national report by clicking
on this website (we are so grateful to the film crew:
CBC producer Pat Softly, arts reporter Deana Sumanac and
videographer Keith Whelan, all award winners.) That is Keith
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June 25 - Aug. 31, 2013
Tues, Wed, Thurs, Fri, Sat 11am - 4pm
Closed Sunday / Monday
Spring Hours Weekends
May 18 June 22
Saturday 11am 4pm
Sept. 7 Oct. 20
Saturday 11am 4pm
Call to arrange special tours on fall or spring week days and holiday
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one of the best in all Canada!
Sunday, June 16, 2013
10 am 4 pm
See our museum free of charge
Antique car rides free
as part of Doors Open Muskoka
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
annual re-enactment of L.M. Montgomery coming to Bala in 1922
is also a 20th anniversary celebration for the museum. An
afternoon of Everything Anne has family fun, including
egg-on-a-spoon races, 3- legged races, sack races, and prizes
for best costumes of characters from Anne of Green Gables
(Anne, Diana, Matthew, Marilla, Gilbert and Josie Pye). Popcorn,
cake, and freckles are free. Bring the whole family for an
afternoon of fun at 1:30. Normal admission of $3.50 a person
or $12 for family of four.
Sat., Oct. 19, 2013
one of the most popular events at the Bala Cranberry Festival.
here for the Cran-Anne page to see results of the 2012
2012 winner, Lauren Williams, 9, is at the left.
Museum celebrates the life and writings of Canadas favorite
author, Lucy Maud Montgomery. Since its opening in July, 1992, is
has become known as one of the best LMM museums in all Canada, attracting
LMM fans and scholars from all around the world (41 countries so
But Balas Museum is more than that. It is a wonderful family
outing where children can take tours in our costumes. Family fun
is what were all about.
also love the museum. Linda does a talk on the life and times of
L.M. Montgomery. Jack does a ragtime sing-along. (Click
here for group tour info).
$4.99 a person / $16.99 a family (limit of four).
Museum L.M. Montgomery Exhibits
- The silver
tea set given to LMM as a wedding present in 1911 is on display.
We are grateful to her grandson, David Macdonald, for loaning
it to us.
- A set of
1939 Sunday School papers with LMMs condensation of Anne
- The basket
in which Maud kept her personal correspondence.
- One of the
best collection of her books, including rare and first editions.
Foreign editions include Chinese (click here), Dutch, Polish,
Japanese, Icelandic, French and many others.
excerpts and photos from LMMs Bala diary.
- The boat
that sank under actress Megan Follows in the TV movie Anne
of Green Gables.
- Avonlea schoolhouse
Shop now stocks dollhouse miniatures of all sizes.
largest replica of the world-famous Green Gables farm house.
Guess where Annes room is. Read about our exciting acquisition
Sun has said we have one of the best Anne of Green Gables
gift shops in Canada and we just get better and better. Offered
are hard-to-find editions of LMM books, Anne movies, old-fashioned
toys, exclusive dolls and doll clothes, vintage Green Gables
china and childrens costumes for sale. Its worth
the drive to Bala for the special people on your Christmas
list. We also do mail order.
Can Dress Up
girls have a choice of our costumes to wear during their family
tour. For girls, dresses and flowered hats right out of Avonlea;
sailor shirts and hats for boys (thats Linda with a
typical tour at left).
on how to plan an Anne of Green Gables birthday party
Balas Museum can supply everything you need for an Anne
of Green Gables birthday party, from goodie bags to prizes.
for step by step tips.
Madly Off In All Directions
popular display shows how a book about a red-haired orphan
caught the world by surprise in 1908, and the amazing spin-offs
that have resulted from that first Anne of Green Gables
about 200 kilometres or a two-hour drive north of Toronto.
GPS directions: 1024 Maple Avenue, Bala.
Click here for directions and maps.
by Heirs of L.M. Montgomery